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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78% of U.S. veterans are overweight or obese, compared to the 35% of American adults. A new study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that a large number of U.S. veterans don’t have the best access to healthy resources like supermarkets or gyms.

The study examined census tracts and found that nearly 90%, or 19 million, of U.S. military veterans live in areas with less access to healthy food and physical activity options compared to the average adult living in the continental U.S.

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On a fall morning, Gary Jones takes a walk in his wooded property in Licking County. Like many people, long walks helps him to clear his head.

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in a military operation in Niger on Oct. 4, told ABC's Good Morning America that President Trump "made me cry even worse" when he called to offer condolences last week.

The phone call between the president and Johnson has been a source of controversy for a week now, since Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who listened in on the call, revealed details of the conversation.

Daryle Ray Walker pulls up into the driveway on his black Harley Davidson motorcycle. After living in Texas for years, he recently moved back to Ohio where he was born.

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Decades have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, but U.S. veterans - along with the rest of the country - are still grappling with its legacy.

Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss from the documentary Almost Sunrise.
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In July, a northeast Ohio man killed himself inside the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Warren, while he was there for an appointment. His wife says he was a 23-year veteran of the Air Force Reserves who suffered with post-traumatic stress disorder.

There are concerns for the 850,000 veterans in Ohio, some of whom may be struggling with PTSD as well. A new documentary hopes to bring attention to the issue, and help to those who need it.

Decades after the U.S. government exposed service members to chemical weapons in secret experiments, lawmakers have advanced a measure intended to make it easier for those World War II veterans to obtain compensation. The bill, known as the Arla Harrell Act, advanced to President Trump's desk after Senate approval Wednesday.

Sherrod Brown

Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says he expects the Senate to pass, and President Trump to sign, a bill that lifts a deadline for vets to use GI education benefits.

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President Trump’s tweeted decision last week to ban transgender people from the military confused a lot people in the military and politics—and beyond.

Sam Hendren

A Coshocton County veteran who sought to defy local law and keep pet ducks, that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, can now keep them.

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